Area athletes capture national javelin titles

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two area javelin throwers captured national titles at the recent USA Track and Field Junior Olympics at North Carolina A&T University.

Williamsburg’s Mike Biddle and Loretto’s Britt Krug, both members of the Mountain Top Track and Field Club based in Cresson, were crowned national champs.

“It was the most awesome experience,” Mountain Top coach Lois Smith said. “The meet was run really well, and the competition was very tight, but the kids did just wonderful. When they announced ‘Loretto’ and ‘Williamsburg’ at the podium at nationals, it kind of gives you chills.”

Biddle bested 42 other competitors in the 15-16 boys division in winning his title on Sunday. The Williamsburg junior threw 175 feet, 9 inches on his last throw, but all six of his throws would have won the championship. The next closest competitor registered a 166-8.

Krug beat 50 other athletes in the 13-14 girls division in taking the crown on Friday. Krug, a freshman at Bishop Carroll High School, threw 109 feet, 2 inches on her third attempt out of six chances. The second-place finisher threw 106-3.

Mountain Top had one other athlete medal. Jadyn Tiracave, a Penn Cambria High School freshman from Cresson, placed fifth in the 15-16 girls javelin with a throw of 119-10.

Conner Karabinos of Ashville just missed a medal, placing ninth in the 9-10 boys turbo javelin with a throw 92-5.

Other athletes who competed for Mountain Top at nationals were Carrie D’Andrea, 15-16 girls 400 hurdles; Trent Kipe, 13-14 boys javelin; Noah Huffman, 17-18 boys 2000 steeplechase and 3000 run; Noah Zolnak, 13-14 boys 400 meters; and Matt Karlheim, 15-16 boys long jump.

The two national titles were the second and third for the Mountain Top Club in its history. Carrie Karabinos won a national title in the javelin in the mid-1990s in the 13-14 girls division.